Offering real life experiences

Because our engaged and innovative students have the ideas and the potential to make a positive impact on communities and society.


Our progress so far:

Oxford Brookes students already contribute to communities and society as a whole in a number of ways:

  • the award-winning Oxford Brookes Social Entrepreneur Awards programme has provided students with the financial backing, training and mentoring they need to take forward innovative ideas which tackle problems facing society.  
  • the Student Impact Fund, supported by donations from alumni, provides funding for students to implement innovative ideas – such as a project to work with low-income families on making healthy, affordable meals – and learn new skills in the process.
  • students volunteer to support good causes and provide their expertise, for example our accounting students help local charities with their books.

Our ambitions: 

These schemes are seeing real results:

  • communities are benefitting from the skills, ideas and energy of our innovative students
  • our students are developing and honing skills such as creativity, confidence and resilience which, together with their passion and ambition, will carry them far beyond their university careers.

But we want to go further.  With your support, we can increase the number and range of opportunities on offer to our students, putting their talents to good use for the benefit of the community and their future careers.

How you can help:

  • Contribute to student-led projects and initiatives, practically and financially

  • Provide real life opportunities to develop skills that make a difference

  • Support our budding student entrepreneurs


Case study

Offering real life experiences

Being a student has been redefined. The social entrepreneurship programme provides students with an opportunity to be well-rounded - to engage not only in academia but break that student bubble and apply ideas out in cities and communities.

Working on a project to convert retired, decommissioned buses into low cost, eco-friendly holiday homes really helped me to develop skills which will help me in the future.

Ben Wilkins, Oxford Brookes graduate, Oxfordshire High Sheriff Award Winner and social entrepreneur.